I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Scream 4 this past weekend.
I jumped in my seat when I should have jumped. I closed my eyes during the gory parts, and I laughed at all the jokes.
Yes, that's right. I laughed.
How could I laugh during a scary movie you might ask?
Growing up in a house where my parents laughed at the ridiculousness of scary movies, I was prepped for my cynical side to this genre. I also remember being young and watching a television show where the host was reviewing a scary movie and stated bluntly, "and we all know that the blood is really just corn syrup and red dye."
I know this first hand. You see the reason I laughed during Scream 4, was that I had the pleasure of being a stand-in for Neve Campbell in the first Scream that filmed in Santa Rosa, California in 1996.
The set wreaked of "corn syrup and red dye". Actually, I take that back, it wreaked of Baby Wipes, because that seemed to be the only thing strong enough to clean up the fake blood.
I remember Scream vividly because it was the first movie I ever worked on from beginning to end and I was a young and impressionable 25 year old. I have worked on many movies since then, but they are a blur. Apparently you never forget your first time.
I remember reading the script to Scream and thinking, "Wait, is this supposed to be scary? Because it's funny."
I remember the first time I saw the "Father Death" ghost mask. I laughed and said, "that's not going to scare anyone."
I remember reading the magazine The Hollywood Reporter on the set, when it used to list movies that were in production and pre-production (this was before internet and IMDB.com). Scream was categorized as "Comedy/Horror".
I loved Scream 4 because it stayed true to the original. I don't remember Scream 2 or 3 that well, but 4 brings us back to the original town of Woodsboro, (this time Woodsboro was filmed in Michigan and not Santa Rosa), where it all took place.
With an ending so clever, it left me having a "Sixth Sense" experience. I have to see this movie again.
Ironically, Scream 4 opened on April 15, 2011, exactly 15 years to the day from the first day of filming of the original Scream- (principal photography began 4/15/1996).
Scream 4 isn't just scary, it's smart, especially if you have been following the Scream trilogy all along.
I know this genre is not for everyone. But for those of you that dig it, I ask you....
What's your favorite scary movie?